Thursday, May 21, 2020

Grow Up

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Ephesians 4:14(KJV) That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive.

The Greek word for “children” here is nopios. It means “one who cannot speak.” This is a very young believer who is incapable of communicating or giving out the gospel. He is likened to a ship on the ocean without a rudder or a sail.

Without a rudder, a ship will be tossed to and fro by the waves. The waves are a picture of the circumstances of life. Without stability in life you are at the mercy of circumstances. This is a sure way to have an up-and-down Christian life. The Word of God produces stability in life. So despite the circumstances, you can maintain your course. “And wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of thy times, and strength of salvation” (Isaiah 33:6). Because this ship has no means of navigation, it can also be blown about by “every wind of doctrine.”

Baby believers are the most likely to fall for false doctrine because they tend to be gullible and, like most babies, put everything they find into their mouths. It is important for us not only to lead a person to the Lord but also to see to it that he becomes faithful in attending a church where he can be fed solid food to grow into maturity (See Hebrews 5:12-14). All this deceit comes through the “sleight of men, and cunning craftiness.” The Greek word for “sleight of men” is kubeia. This word is where we eventually got our word “cube.” It was the ancient word for “dice.” They had crap games in the ancient world, and many crafty people would cheat. The analogy is this: When a baby Christian refuses to submit to the authority of a pastor or other minister, he may think he is mature, but he is really stupid and immature. He is in a crap game with the devil, and the dice are loaded against him. He cannot win. Those who control the game are cheating.

Many people today want to float from church to church and never become settled. This is unscriptural and unhealthy. They often believe they are more mature than the pastors, so they think they have a right to float anywhere they want. By floating, they are admitting they are babies. These people will be at the mercy of the circumstances of life and the false doctrines of men. When they get into trouble, that is when they complain about the local churches not standing beside them. It is not up to a church to join you but up to you to join a church. Commitment begins with individuals.

Go into today knowing that as believers mature in God they become stable and unmovable

Prayer: Father, create a sincere hunger in my heart for you daily.
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